Peter Jackson Reveals Sneak Peek of Evangeline Lilly in Action in ‘The Hobbit’ …but What About That ‘Star Wars’ Script?!
Evangeline Lilly on the set of 'The Hobbit'
Peter Jackson likes to keep his fans informed, and he likes to have a bit of fun. For April Fool's Day he's delivered a bit of both.
On Monday, the Oscar winner posted a new video in which he answered a few questions from fans about his upcoming "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." And included in the clip was the first look of Evangeline Lilly in action as the elf Tauriel.
Discussing the narrative arc of "Smaug," the filmmaker reveals a few seconds of behind-the-scenes footage of Tauriel as she throws a punch towards the camera (the action is at the 1:15 mark). While Lilly is lovely as expected, she also looks quite suitably elfin with her pointed ears and long, straight hair, and form-fitting tunic and leather breastplate. We also see Tauriel brandishing a long, spear-like weapon, and she handles it as if she's no stranger to battle.
So who is Tauriel and what is her role in the film, especially since she's a character created by Jackson and never appeared in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth tales? Although we don't learn too much about her role from the new video, we have gleaned some key intelligence on her character.
The new images jibe with the Tauriel action figures that appeared last year, which came with the same sort of weapons Lilly is wielding on-set. Additionally, a Lego set released last year features Tauriel as a companion of Orlando Bloom's Legolas who helps dispatch giant spiders in the forest of Mirkwood and save the dwarf heroes.
Monday's behind-the-scenes footage also offers glimpses of Bloom return as Legolas, Lee Pace as elf leader Thranduil, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman.
"It is complicated to do a middle film, but the advantage is we have multiple storylines," Jackson says as the footage plays. "The first of the 'Hobbit' movies is a fairly linear film -- you know, Galdalf leads the dwarves across Middle-earth at the beginning of this adventure. The great thing about the second movie, as it was with 'The Two Towers,' actually, is that the story starts spreading into multiple storylines and we can follow different characters as the story intensifies and the stakes go up."
Stephen Colbert and Billy Boyd join in the fun.'
Then comes the fun. The second question Jackson fields is from well-known "Hobbit" fanatic Stephen Colbert, who asks a long, impassioned, and extremely esoteric question about elves from Mirkwood. Jackson responds with a one-word answer, and then asks Colbert about the small mugs given to guests who appear on "The Colbert Report" and the larger ones that are actually used on camera. (Spoiler alert: If you want to know if Colbert's mugs are dishwasher safe, don't watch!)